Q&A: In conversation with Ambassador Paul Meyer

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January 27, 2017 marked the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Outer Space Treaty (OST), one of the most successful international treaties ever concluded. Negotiated in an era of intense military competition sparked by the launch of Sputnik in 1957, the Treaty created a legal framework for the governance of outer space, based on the principle that space is …

We cannot turn a blind eye to the weaponization of space

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The many challenges facing the outer space domain can be generally grouped into two broad categories. On the one hand, there are those related to the risks that result from normal peaceful space operations, such us unintentional interference with space assets. On the other, there are clear risks associated with a potential arms race in outer space. While there is …

Civil society statement on outer space security

Ploughshares

First Committee of the United Nations General Assembly  – Disarmament and International Security Delivered by Cesar Jaramillo, Project Ploughshares – 16 October 2015 Click here for PDF version. Nearly six decades into the space age, it is increasingly clear that the precepts and underlying assumptions of existing space law fall short of addressing the drastically changed reality of outer space …

Civil Society Statement to UN: Emerging technologies

Tasneem Jamal

The following is the civil society statement on emerging technologies as delivered by Project Ploughshares Program Officer Cesar Jaramillo to the UN General Assembly First Committee (Disarmament and International Security) on October 29, 2013. Jaramillo was the lead drafter for the space security part of the statement, which also covers the use of armed drones.   Chairperson, Distinguished delegates: Outer …

Limited rules of engagement: Even if the Code of Conduct for Outer Space Activities is adopted, a significant void will remain

Tasneem Jamal

Author Cesar Jaramillo The Ploughshares Monitor Winter 2011 Volume 32 Issue 4 The draft Code of Conduct for Outer Space Activities proposed by the European Union is currently undergoing international consultations and is expected to be open for signatures in 2012. If adopted, the Code will establish a set of voluntary confidence-building measures aimed at increasing transparency and responsible behaviour …

New Competition for a Space Security Regime

Cesar Jaramillo

Author Cesar Jaramillo The Ploughshares Monitor Summer 2010 Volume 31 Issue 2 The many challenges facing the long-term sustainability of outer space go beyond militarization and potential weaponization. Although the prevention of an arms race in outer space (PAROS) remains the main priority for those involved with policy development for space activities at different multilateral forums, growing attention is being given …

Update on Prevention of an Arms Race in Outer Space

Tasneem Jamal

Author Sarah Estabrooks The Ploughshares Monitor Autumn 2006 Volume 27 Issue 3 The foremost measure intended to address current gaps in the treaties relevant to space security is the “Prevention of an Arms Race in Outer Space” (PAROS) resolution of the United Nations General Assembly’s First Committee. In the past, PAROS has experienced near-unanimous support among UN members, but in recent …

A Space Weapons Ban: Laying the Foundation

Tasneem Jamal

Author Sarah Estabrooks The Ploughshares Monitor Autumn 2004 Volume 25 Issue 3  In the spring election campaign, and more recently in debates about potential participation in the US ballistic missile defence system, Paul Martin stated repeatedly that Canada is opposed to the weaponization of space. But how does this seemingly entrenched policy play out in practical terms? What is Canada doing …

Positive Steps at the Conference on Disarmament

Tasneem Jamal

Author Sarah Estabrooks The Ploughshares Monitor Autumn 2003 Volume 24 Issue 3 After nearly a decade of stalemate, in which the Conference on Disarmament (CD) was unable to agree on a program of work, recent announcements by Russia and China might indicate a break in the logjam of multilateral arms treaty negotiations. The Conference on Disarmament is the world’s primary multilateral …

Preventing the Weaponization of Space: Options for moving forward

Tasneem Jamal

Briefing 03-3 Author Sarah Estabrooks Click here for PDF version We are currently standing at a crossroads in the development of outer space. First called for by US President Eisenhower in 1958, the principle that space would be used for peaceful purposes has been accepted for nearly 50 years. Although the term “peaceful purposes” was never clearly defined, it was accepted …